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Woodbridge's Beowulf Festival postponed as fundraising continues

PUBLISHED: 19:00 16 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:59 17 March 2019

The Beowulf Festival will now take place in 2020 Picture: KATY SANDALLS

The Beowulf Festival will now take place in 2020 Picture: KATY SANDALLS

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A Suffolk festival which was set to celebrate a famous historical poem has been postponed.

The Spirit of Beowulf Festival had been due to take place in Woodbridge this summer but has now been pushed back after issues with funding.

The festival was a follow up to the popular event held in the riverside town last year in lieu of a mayoral ball for former mayor Clare Perkins.

Ms Perkins organised the five-day festival with composer Jan Pulsford. The team had hoped to replicate the initial event’s success again this year but have decided to reschedule the event for summer 2020.

A spokesman for the event said: “We have been looking forward to bringing this event to the community for around a year now, but sadly, the journey will take longer than expected.

“Due to an unforeseen lack of funding, we have reluctantly decided to postpone the festival until 2020.”

Despite the delay to the main event a number of smaller events will still be taking place in the run up to next year’s festival which the organisers hope will help fundraise it.

One of the events is a Mothering Sunday Persian tea which will be held at the Shire Hall on March 31 and is being sponsored by Woodbridge Deli.

The event will see Charles Mugleston tell the journey of the rose on Woodbridge’s town crest and it’s journey from Persia.

A rose will be given to each mother with Persian love cake and tea also on offer.

This event will be followed by Dr. Sam Newton giving a presentation on “The Origins of Beowulf and the Kingdom of East Anglia” on May 3 at the Shire Hall.

On May 4 performances from the Beowulf Journeys songwriting competitors, among other artists will take place near the Tide Mill.

As well as running the new events the team behind the festival are also offering sponsorship packages to local groups and companies.

The spokesman added: “With the support of these and more fundraising events, we are confident that we can bring the festival to its full potential in 2020.”

If you are interested in getting involved in Beowulf or wish to buy tickets for the other festival events then visit the festival website.

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